Are You Intimidated Yet? Huh? Are You?

Chuckle at me, will you? Well, my fine friends, you’ll be chuckling from the back of those chubby pink faces when I intimidate you with the awe-inspiring power of my chest-beating territorial threat display! Prepare to cower — here it comes!

The C.O. Guide to Etiquette

Part Three: The handshake is the key to any successful introduction. Always grasp the hand firmly, and shake from the elbow, pumping about three or four times. A two-handed grip is too familiar for most business and social situations.

Regardless of species, a bear hug is considered inappropriate for an initial greeting.

Photo: Alan Vernon

No, I Haven’t Seen Your Lipstick

Why would you even ask me that? I’m insulted! Every time something goes missing around here, everybody looks at me! For your information, I don’t even wear that shade — it doesn’t flatter my complexion and it tastes terrib… oops.

Says Valerie S.: “This is our Howie, a 9 month old male shi tzu/maltese.  Howie (or Howard when he has been naughty) raided my purse one morning and found a tube of lipstick I haven’t used in over a year.  This is what I woke up to that morning!”

Watch the Birdie!

(Let’s see… I’ve got strong light coming from the east, so I’d better use an F-22 setting with the variable high-speed aperture, and soften those shadows with the 500-watt telephoto grammiz frobble…)

Photo: Camera Birds by Navicore

Happy Duckling Butts!

Happy Monday, peeps! A sharp-eyed reader at Flickr noticed that these darling duckling derrieres appear to be smiling back at you. Say “cheese,” sleepyheads!

Photo: Brothers by Shayne Kaye

Chelsea Tries the Subtle Approach

“Hey, Mom, now that it’s summer, I was thinking about getting a hobby. You know, get outside and commune with Nature, and I was thinking, just off the top of my head, that maybe you and Dad could buy me some scuba diving equipment. Nothing fancy, just the mask with the little tube, couple pairs of flippers…”

There’s something fishy about this, “Misconstrued.”

THIS JUST IN: Longneck Bud

The new baby boy at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is already a tall drink of water: A healthy 6-foot, 140-pound baby giraffe, born last Sunday to first-time mom Naomi. Story and video here.

By the Way, You’re a Quart Low

While most pups respond to the words “car ride?” with unhinged glee, here’s one who may think twice: A cute black lab who took a 30-mile drive while trapped under the hood. Warning: You may wince a little, but the video has a happy ending (and bonus cute rescue-y guy; maybe not Jamin-level cute, but in the ballpark).

Chop Phooey

Hungry for an enchanting culinary journey to a far-away exotic mealtime adventure? Then why not visit Harry and Heidi Ho’s Hunan House of Hamsters?

Our chefs will prepare your hamsters fresh at your table. One bite, and you’ll say: It’s a globally exotic flavor-bration!

Chinese Dwarf Hamster Take Out by House of Sims.

Wonder Nap Powers, Activate!

Form of a Frisbee! No, wait — a spare tire! Um, a nice cheese danish, maybe?

Photo by Gloson, spotted by Phillip P.

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